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Dr. Jan-Willem van der Rijt

van_der_rijt_sq Dr. Jan-Willem van der Rijt
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Kulturwissenschaftliche Fakultät
Dozent / Lecturer - Ethik und Politische Philosophie / Moral and Political Philosophy


I started my academic life as an econometrician, obtaining an MA from the University of Tilburg with a thesis that presented a novel mathematical model of coalition formation in politics. I then turned to philosophy and pursued a PhD project at the University of Groningen that scrutinized the ways dignity and freedom are affected by coercion and domination. For my dissertation I received the Biennial Dissertation Prize of the Netherlands School for Research in Practical Philosophy and a book based on it later appeared in Springer’s Library of Ethics and Applied Philosophy.

After completing my PhD I conducted postdoctoral research at the University of Amsterdam investigating the potential political relevance of new advances in happiness science, before moving to Bayreuth in 2012 to take up my current position. The values of dignity, freedom, happiness and wellbeing continue to form the kernel of my research interests and I teach a variety of seminar and lecture courses in moral and political philosophy (for further details see the tabs ‘Schwerpunkte’, ‘Publicationen’ and ‘Lehre’).

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Kulturwissenschaftliche Fakultät
Dozent / Lecturer - Ethik und Politische Philosophie / Moral and Political Philosophy


Areas of Specialization
Political Philosophy; Normative Ethics

Areas of Competence
Applied Ethics; History of Political Thought; Philosophy of Law; Public and Social Choice Theory; Game Theory

The core of my research is in moral and political philosophy and addresses a variety of issues connected to the fundamental values of dignity, freedom and happiness. In my published work I have, among other things, stressed the importance of persons’ individual moral judgments and their standing as moral agents in social and political interaction, questioned the contemporary political turn to happiness as a principal goal for public policy, and defended a victim-oriented version of retributivism in penal justice. I am especially interested in Kantian and republican approaches to moral and political questions and my research often has connections to developments in social sciences. Papers of mine have appeared in journals such as Economics and Philosophy, Law and Philosophy, and Theory and Decision. My book The Importance of Assent: A Theory of Coercion and Dignity appeared with Springer, and I co-edited the multidisciplinary volume Wellbeing in Contemporary Society (also published by Springer).

van_der_rijt_sq

Kulturwissenschaftliche Fakultät
Dozent / Lecturer - Ethik und Politische Philosophie / Moral and Political Philosophy


Books

J. van der Rijt (2012) The Importance of Assent: A Theory of Coercion and Dignity. Library of Ethics and Applied Philosophy, Vol. 25. Dordrecht: Springer

Journal Articles

J. van der Rijt (forthcoming) ‘Inherent Dignity, Contingent Dignity and Human Rights: Solving the Puzzle of the Protection of Dignity.’ Erkenntnis.

J. van der Rijt (2016) ‘Torture, Dignity and Humiliation’ The Southern Journal of Philosophy 54, No.4, pp. 480-501.

J. van der Rijt (2013) ‘Public Policy and the Conditional Value of Happiness.’ Economics and Philosophy 29, No.3, pp. 381-408.

J. van der Rijt (2011) ‘Coercive Interference and Moral Judgment.’ Ethical Theory and Moral Practice 14, No.5, pp. 549-567.

J. van der Rijt (2009) ‘Republican Dignity: The Importance of Taking Offence.’ Law and Philosophy 28, No.5, pp. 465-492.

J. van der Rijt (2008) ‘An Alternative Model of the Formation of Political Coalitions.’ Theory and Decision 64, No.1, pp. 81-101.

J. van der Rijt (2007) ‘The Ruin and Redemption of Homo Oeconomicus.’ Homo Oeconomicus 24, No.1, pp. 71-80.

A. Rusinowska, H. de Swart & J. van der Rijt (2005) ‘A New Model Of Coalition Formation.’ Social Choice and Welfare 24, No.1, pp. 129-154.

Book Chapters

J. van der Rijt (2015) ‘The Political Turn towards Happiness’ in: J. Søraker, J. van der Rijt, J. de Boer, P. Wong & P. Brey (eds.) Well-being in Contemporary Society. Dordrecht: Springer. pp.215-231.

J. van der Rijt (2014) ‘Hedendaagse Deontologie’ in: M. van Hees, T. Nys & I. Robeyns (eds.) Basisboek Ethiek. Uitgeverij Boom. pp.130-145  (in Dutch).

J. van der Rijt (2011) ‘Coercion, analytic’ in: K. Dowding (ed.) The Encyclopedia of Power. Sage. pp.108-111.

A. Rusinowska, R. Berghammer, P. Eklund, J.van der Rijt, M. Roubens & H. de Swart (2006) ‘Social Software for Coalition Formation’ in: H. de Swart, E. Orlowska, G. Schmidt & M. Roubens (eds.) Theory and Applications of Relational Structures as Knowledge Instruments II. Heidelberg: Springer. pp. 1-30.

Edited Volumes

J. Søraker, J. van der Rijt, J. de Boer, P. Wong, & P. Brey (2015) Well-being in Contemporary Society. Happiness Studies Book Series, Vol. 3. Dordrecht: Springer.

Op-ed

‘Zet voortaan een premie op iedere student die zakt’ NRC Handelsblad. 21 June 2005, p.7 (in Dutch).

van_der_rijt_sq

Kulturwissenschaftliche Fakultät
Dozent / Lecturer - Ethik und Politische Philosophie / Moral and Political Philosophy


Sie finden meine gegenwärtigen und vergangenen Lehrveranstaltungen hier.

For my current and past courses, please click here.

van_der_rijt_sq

Kulturwissenschaftliche Fakultät
Dozent / Lecturer - Ethik und Politische Philosophie / Moral and Political Philosophy


Telefon: +49 (0)921 55-4225
E-Mail: jan-willem.vanderrijt@uni-bayreuth.de
Sprechstunde: Wednesday 16.30-18.00 (registration required), or by appointment
Raum: 1.03 (GW II)

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